High definition. Reading that anywhere 6-7 years ago used to be the key to my heart. But over the years it’s gotten abused and misused. Thankfully Galaxy On Fire 2 HD is a product that owns the “HD” at the end of the title. The details are tight and visuals are lush.
A hyperdrive malfunction sends intergalactic adventurer and war hero Keith T. Maxwell tumbling through space and time. Awakening 35 years later at the far end of the galaxy, he quickly finds himself fighting for his life against a mysterious alien armada that is wreaking havoc on the warring races occupying this volatile sector of space.
Follow the rich and engrossing storyline through a fully 3D, war-torn galaxy with over 10 hours of action-packed gameplay, or head off on an interplanetary journey of your own design: mining asteroids, trading ore and supplies, taking on mercenary missions, working as a pirate and manufacturing new weapons and equipment as you seek adventure and excitement on the final frontier.
Galaxy on Fire 2™ – Features
- A vast, living galaxy with over 20 solar systems and dozens of beautifully rendered planets
- 100 unique 3D space stations and more than 30 customizable spaceships
- Unique reputation and diplomacy experience systems
- Choose between story-driven, mission-based and sandbox gameplay
- Complex trading system with over 170 different commodities
- High quality visuals and music with 3D sound and full voice acting in English.
- Action Freeze™: 3D screenshot tool to save screenshots from any perspective
Galaxy on Fire 2™ HD – Special Features
- All 3D models rebuilt from scratch for console-quality visuals
- Assets, such as jump gates and asteroids, feature even more textures and up to four-times the original resolution
- Individual texture sets for all 30 spaceships including diffuse, normal, and specular maps in High Definition
- Enhanced background images and resolution on space environments and planets for a crystal-clear gaming experience on iPad 2 and iPhone 4S
- Additional light sources for atmosphere and breathtaking realism
- Additional OpenGL shaders and post effects as well as heavily revised explosion, engine flare and muzzle flash special effects
- Native support for HD resolutions of 1024 by 768 pixel (iPad 2) or 960 by 640 pixel (iPhone 4S)
- Synchronisation of save games via iCloud or Open Feint
Galaxy on Fire 2™ HD Official Trailer: www.galaxyonfire.com
I started following news on Galaxy On Fire 2 HD a few weeks back. But to be honest I had no clue what to expect besides some stunning looking visuals in a sci-fi adventure. I wasn’t far off, but the level of care that went into this product tells me more passion, more artist value and more code went into this game than more than 90% of what is available in App World today.
The game jumps off with you in your first spaceship fighting 3 aliens. Controls are automatically set to inverted. I noticed this and jumped to the pause menu, toggled that off and began my journey. It took all of about 4 minutes to get the hang of flying the ship. From there GOF2 became my new addiction. They do allow you to save multiple games right off the bat. So the entire family can enjoy this and that’s a big plus for me.
Mining ore is introduced immediately as well. They’ve got everything you can imagine, from iron to gold and so on. The first planet is where Keith learns he’s been out of the game for 35 years. You get the hang of your first ship, mining and fighting against enemy aliens within the first 10 minutes. Controls are very tight but the sensitivity can be tweaked to your liking.
Jumping from planets is what it’s all about for me right now. I’m early into the story and my goal at the moment is to mine ore, sell ore and purchase new parts, equipment and weapons for the ship. Blasting aliens with new weapons is invigorating, keeping the game fresh constantly. To think I’m only on my first spaceship and there’s 29 more. Most games give you 3 maybe 4 ships, GOF2 gives you 30. That should give users a taste of how they developed this game. It’s huge, levels are lush. While the game holds it’s more than it’s weight in ore you’ll be too busy taking it all in to realize it’s a mobile game you’re playing.
Too bad RIM did away with the 3 day Trial games on PlayBook, because this is a game that could benefit from it. I know some people will have to follow around the blogs and community a bit more before making the full purchase. Regardless for those that do make the buy, for those of you will be grateful. GOF2 is a cut above the rest. Worth every penny. You can pick up your own copy in App World for $9.99 at the link below.